May 16, 2011

Vietnamese Shaking Beef (Bo Luc Lac)



Vietnamese steak salad served on a bed of greens and tomatoes, topped with pickled onions and a lime dipping sauce. This widely popular Asian dish combines many taste sensations and creates a harmony of flavors with every bite. The “shaking” in the name refers to the tossing of the beef back and forth in the wok after it’s quickly seared.

You can serve this as a salad for a low carb meal or make some rice on the side. This is traditionally served over a bed of watercress which I couldn't find, so I used an arugula blend instead. Thick soy sauce is traditionally used here, but you can use low sodium soy sauce instead if this is not available to you.

This was a recent recipe which I wanted to make as authentic as possible and upon doing some research came I came across and this recipe from Ravenous Couple who was guest posting on Rasa Malaysia. I had no doubt this dish would be a hit with my family and I hope you all like it too. I've made some adjustments to the recipe to lighten it a little but I tried to stick as close as possible to the original.



Vietnamese Shaking Beef (Bo Luc Lac)
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 3 oz beef + lettuce, onions, tomato
Sodium 1451 mg  Old Points: 6 pt • Points+: 7 pt
Calories: 268.9 • Fat: 10.1 g • Protein: 27.3 g • Carb: 16.6 g • Fiber: 0.9 g • Sugar: 12 g



Ingredients:


Marinade:
  • 1 1/2 lbs beef top sirloin, fat trimmed and cut into 1″ cubes
  • 5 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp agave or sugar
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp thick soy sauce (or use low sodium soy sauce)
Vinaigrette
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbs sugar (or agave)
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
Dipping Sauce
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
Salad:
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups watercress leaves or mixed baby greens
  • 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp canola oil, divided


Directions:


Marinate steak at least 1 hour before cooking, or overnight for best results. Combine garlic, oyster sauce, agave or sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil with the beef.

For the vinaigrette combine rice vinegar with salt and sugar. It should be a balance of sour, salty and sweet.

Thinly slice the red onion and use about 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette to pickle and set aside covered in fridge for about 10 minutes. Prepare bed of greens and tomatoes in a serving platter and set aside.

Make dipping sauce by squeezing lime juice over salt and pepper in a small ramekin.

Heat a large wok or pan over high heat. When very hot add 1/2 tbsp oil and when it begins to smoke, add an even layer of beef (half) and allow to sear for about 2 minutes, before “shaking” to sear the opposite sides for about another 1-2 minute more to brown all the sides.  Repeat this with the second batch of meat using the remainder of the oil.


Transfer beef to bed of watercress and tomatoes. Drizzle remainder of the vinaigrette over the beef and greens and top with pickled red onions. Serve with lime dipping sauce.

71 comments :

  1. I am leaving shortly for the grocery store. Thanks for adding a few tasty looking items to my list!!

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  2. One of my favorite dishes growing up! Great weeknight dinner!

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  3. Oh my goodness...I don't eat beef much at all but the sight of this makes my mouth water. I may have to try it! Thank you for another wonderful recipe. :)

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  4. When I tell you this is one of my FAVORITE dishes at a local restaurant. Totally on my to do list this week.

    You are amazing :)

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  5. Is there a substitution for the fish sauce? I don't have any and the recipe uses so little that it seems like a waste to buy a whole jar. What would you suggest?

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  6. Meghan, I've never found a good substitute for fish sauce. Once you buy that bottle, check out more Asian (Vietnamese, Thai) recipes online - fish sauce is used frequently and imparts a very special flavor, delicious in spite of the less-than-lovely aroma of the sauce!

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  7. Yes, I agree with Laurie, all my Thai recipes use fish sauce, it's what gives it that authentic Thai flavor. But if you rather not go out and buy it you can just replace it with soy sauce.

    Let me know what you all think when you try this!

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  8. Great recipe, we'll have to try this one! Thanks:)

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  9. Would you believe I had the veal version of this only the other day!? It was SO delicious. Thanks for the recipe. I think it'll have to go on my "to make" list.

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  10. Oh, YUM! going on the list for next week!!!

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  11. Could you grill the beef -- kebabs, perhaps?

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  12. Lori - Absolutely, that was my original idea when making this, but the weather didn't cooperate with me. You can save 1 pt with the oil if you grill it instead.

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  13. Thanks Gina -- sounds delicious!

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  14. I love getting this dish at the local Vietnamese restaurant, though it's just the beef and onions served with rice. The flavors are sooo good. I make a similar dish I call Bo Luc Lac Spaghetti, in which I simply toss it with spaghetti noodles.

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  15. I bet this would be great tossed with noodles. I would probably cut the meat in smaller chunks, maybe 3/4 inch.

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  16. Looks great. Gina, check out Carmelized Chicken Ga Kho @ Ravenous couple site....It was one of the best Asian chicken recipes I've ever tasted...Perhaps you can do your magic and lighten it up...:) Lyn

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  17. I just don't know how you do it, lady!! Week after week, you present us with these gorgeous recipes... some exotic, some comforting, ALL DELICIOUS LOOKING!! You truly are the master. You really need your own Food Network show! I will be copying this to try and, once again, thank you for sharing with all of us!
    Best,
    Gloria

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  18. Lyn I will check it out!

    Thanks Gloria :)

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  19. so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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  20. Simply delicious! Just made this for dinner and me and hubby really enjoyed. I was surprised on how full this made me. It was very satisfying!
    I agree with Gloria above. You deserve a food network show!
    Roberta

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    1. I completely agree! She deserves her own show!!

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  21. I made this last night and it was so YUM. I thought I had oyster sauce and when I went to get it, realized it was actually hoisin sauce! I used that anyway and it was great! Probably totally changed the flavors but still delish. I added a persian cucumber to the salad too. Thank you Gina!

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  22. Love your stuff!! Could shrinp be used instead?

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  23. I don't see why not! I probably wouldn't marinate as long.

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  24. DH is allergic to seafood, any suggestions on a substitute for oyster sauce?

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  25. So does my daughter, I left it out for hers.

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  26. Another home run! We both loved it. Told my husband that it was another recipe from my close personal friend Gina. Thanks for all your work in creating such a wonderful blog - and your photography is amazing too!

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  27. Had this for dinner tonight. So different from our typical meals. Love the spices. Delicious. My hard-to-please husband even loves your dishes. :)

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  28. Hi Gina
    I need help. I LOVE all your recipes and try loads of them.
    I made this last night but it was a bit salty.
    Was I supposed to discard the marinade???
    I have had my fish sauce for a while.. could it be bad???
    Please help. I would love to make it again. The salad with the dressing was yum. It made for a fabulous presentation.
    Colette

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  29. Yes, you should have discarded the marinade, that could be it.

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  30. We had this for dinner tonight - it was fantastic! I'm a Weight Watchers leader and recommend this site to my members. Thanks for all you do!

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  31. Thanks so much for recommending my site :)

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  32. Delicious!!! Served for lunch as shown. A wonderful display of really yummy food. Made as directed. Used regular soy and mixed greens. Served steamed rice on the side as my kids love rice. Thanks!!

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  33. I just discovered your website and all the recipes and photographs look fantastic! This is the first dish I tried and it was amazing. I added sliced cucumbers to the salad. The dressing was so flavorful that I didn't think the dipping sauce was even needed. Can't wait to try your other recipes!

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  34. I made this last night and it was soooooo good. I did use a little more Agave syrup, to make it a little sweeter. I also added tomatoes with the onions & Vinaigrette. Delish!!! Once again I was pleased..

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  35. Mmmm I love Vietnamese food and this looks amazing! I can't wait to try it. I'd love to see how you would prepare a Bahn Mi.You are awesome!

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  36. This looked absolutely delicious, and tasted even better!

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  37. Seriously delish! I served it over rice, with the vinaigrette and dipping sauce stirred in. One of the best meals I've ever made!

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  38. Does the meat need to be cooked all the way through with top sirloin?

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    1. No, I like mine medium. Cook it to your liking.

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  39. This looked Yummy...can I replace thick soy sauce with hoisin sauce?

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  40. Just made this tonight. SO GOOD!! I didn't have thick soy sauce, so I used the low sodium soy sauce as recommended. Also, I didn't have oyster sauce, so I used a little bit of hoisin. Also used baby spinach for the greens. Amazing! Pinned it! Thank you Skinnytaste! Love this website!

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  41. Made this tonight and it was delicious!!! Thanks for a great recipe

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  42. I made this yesterday and it was awesome! I didn't even make the dipping sauce. The steak marinade was the most delicious I've tried and paired with the spinach, tomatoes and onions with the vinaigrette was AMAZING. I'll definitely make this again and again.

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  43. This has become one of my favorite dinners to make. We aren't big beef eaters so I use seared tuna steaks. I also sprinkle some sesame seeds and ginger on top. So good!

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  44. I made this tonight after coming across this recipe. It was delicious! Small confession, though. I tossed in some pineapple, chopped bell pepper,and onion instead of using the vinaigrette. :) Love your site! Thank you!!!

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  45. Wow! This was fantastic. I did not use oyster sauce, only fish sauce. We cooked it on the grill in a grill wok pan without oil, only spray. The pickled onions were truly perfect, and I'm usually an onion "flavor" person...Not the whole slice, But I had seconds. We added sliced cucumbers, and since my husband doesnt like raw tomatoes, I subbed green peppers on his plate. As for the dipping sauce, he ignored it and I drizzled some on my salad. It was good, but not necessary as The vinaigrette was enough acidity. Since we are heavy eaters, I made some potatoes too and we didn't even want them. Highly recommend this... And we are in Maintenance!

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  46. I made this tonight for dinner, and we loved it! I also did not use oyster sauce (because I didn't have it on hand) but it was still incredibly good. I was concerned that my family wouldn't go for the vinaigrette or the lime and salt dipping sauce, but they did, and we all agreed that the flavors worked together beautifully. This recipe is now on our list of favorites.

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  47. We made this tonight and it was absolutely DELICIOUS!!!! I'm so happy I found your website! You are going to help me stay healthy during my pregnancy! THANK YOU!!

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  48. Husband is coming home tomorrow after a week on the road. I know what I'll be serving him. Thank you so much for the inspiration, Gina.

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  49. Made this with Beef Tenderloin and served over rice.. Really good! This recipe is a keeper. Thanks.

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  50. it seems a little redundant to need oyster and fish sause. does the oyster sauce really impart a much different flavor? Or is it added more for consistency? Has anyone made this recipe but omitted the oyster sauce? thanks

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  51. Hi Gina, all,

    I made this last night with a side of jasmine rice...
    It was amazing. I keep making your dishes, and keep being impressed. Thanks so much for sharing this one. Those flavors really do infuse and create "WOW MEAT!" Cheers, KPM

    Dad,Husband, cooking fan.

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  52. @ Alicia, I don't know if they're redundant or not, but together, they seem to totally compliment. High sodium with either sauce...

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  53. Finding your website has to be the best thing to have happen to my Weight Watchers diet! I love to cook and your recipes ROCK!

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  54. This reminds me so much of a dish I ate in Cambodia (like, daily, it was so good) called Lok Lak. It was similar, but made with their famous Kampot pepper (of which I did not bring enough back of) and it had a fried egg on top.

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  55. Made this tonight. Was really unsure about both the dipping sauce and the dressing mixture... glad I didn't turn back!!! It was DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!! Rave reviews from hubby and teenager as well. Half way through I was thinking the only bad thing about this meal is that I only get 3 ounces of meat, because it is SOO good, but now sitting down after cleaning up I am still stuffed! Served the boys rice on the side so they would be full as well! Thanks for another wonderful keeper Gina!

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  56. This was very good. I didn't really like the cut of meat. I marinated it a long time too. It was a very good dish though. Next time I would use either Sirloin or Tenderloin.

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  57. Hi Gina,
    Can I skip the vinaigrette and just use the marinate if I want to serve over rice as opposed to vegetables?

    Thanks!

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  58. This is ABSOLUTELY wonderful......

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  59. This was FANTASTIC Gina!!! I have been planning my weekly meals strictly from your site and you never seem to disappoint. They are easy, healthy and all delicious!! Thank you!

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  60. This looks yummy! I can't have sugar or agave. Would honey work?

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  61. Delish!!! made 2lbs of meat and the fam was literally licking the plate and fitghting over who could have thirds!!! A hit from my 1 yr old to my 15 yr old!

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  63. Wow! Looks so good. Cant wait to try! What other choices of tender beef could I use in place of the sirloin?

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  64. I have substituted salmon for the steak - excellent, especially with the lime sauce

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  65. I started Weight Watchers a couple of months ago and was getting tired of their recipes. I was stoked when I found Skinny Taste a couple of weeks ago and have made many recipes from the site and none have steered me wrong. My husband loves the recipes, which is a good thing as he is a little picky. This recipe in particular was spectacular! I have not used fish sauce before so it was nice experimenting with new ingredients. Thanks Gina!!

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  66. Looks like something worth trying. I am listing the ingredients on my shopping list.

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  67. This recipe was wonderful.

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  68. Outstanding!! Hubby and I loved this and the combo of flavors.. Marinate the beef and pickled onion as long as possible.. We didn't have mixed greens, but sliced baby romaine was a simple substitute.. This goes into our regular rotation!! Thank you SO much!

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